in the depths of (something)

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in the depths of (something)

In the middle of and wholly consumed by a particularly negative and/or difficult situation or emotional state. The country was in the depths of the worst economic disaster of the last century. While I was in the depths of depression, I found that I couldn't even get out of bed in the morning.
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in the depths of something

at the worst or most unpleasant stage of something: in the depths of despair, poverty, depression, etc.in the depths of winter
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I've never been in the depths of despair, so I can't say," responded Marilla.
You will be surrounded by a host of admirers, pouring into your ears their admiration and love, and then what shall I have to support me, but that 'yes,' with which you once raised me from the depths of despair to an elevation of happiness that was high as the highest pinnacle of the caverns of Kentucky; raising me from the depths of Chimborazo.
The night passed away, and the sun rose from the ocean; my feelings became calmer, if it may be called calmness when the violence of rage sinks into the depths of despair.
It commanded a view of the whole intervening distance; and, discouraged as I was by other circumstances, this prospect plunged me into the very depths of despair.
You can turn your hand to anything, you clever girl, so do come and give me some advice, for I am in the depths of despair," said Fanny when the "maid-of-all-work" as Polly called herself, found a leisure hour.
Laugh at the chance which has brought your friend near to you and Monsieur du Vallon, instead of being in the depths of despair about it.
He had said that she was a German, and a spy, and from the heights of bliss the English officer was occasionally plunged to the depths of despair in contemplation of the inevitable, were the ape-man's charges to prove true.
Then he concluded he must have counted wrong; but as another day passed, he gave up all hope-- and was sunk in the depths of despair, when one morning after breakfast a keeper came to him with the word that his time was up at last.
This idea had reduced him to the depths of despair, when suddenly, his wife, Anne of Austria - "
In the depths of despair, he met Rahman, a local man from his village who had migrated to Germany and returned for a visit.
We delve in to the depths of despair and disparity in this episode to find out what's up with the US economy.
The world, regardless of faith Embraces this time of friendly grace, In the depths of despair Magic is in the air, Yes, it's that time of the year When the world reaches out for peace, Good people extend a friendly hand Amid the evil that exists in every land, Yet through the grace and love of God Man will not fail, Worldwide peace and fraternity will, one day, Surely prevail.
The only way I can describe it, it is like being cast off a cliff into the bottomless depths of despair.
I was in the depths of despair after Stirling's late equaliser but that turned to delight when we scored an even later winner.
His pre-sentence report said that he was a man in the depths of despair brought on by his use of drugs and alcohol.